Exam Celebrations at Sidcot School

Exam Celebrations at Sidcot School

Sidcot students have been celebrating their A-level and BTEC results with 38.5% achieving the top grades of A* and A and 76.7% celebrating A* to C grades. An impressive 94% of students have secured a place at the University of their choice.

After more than 2 years of uncertainty with remote learning and centre-assessed grades, today marks the return to a pre-pandemic approach. There was a real sense of both joy and relief as students now plan for life beyond school.

These results follow on from the outstanding scores achieved by the School’s International Baccalaureate students with Sidcot students achieving an average score of over 35 points. This maintains the School’s place above the world average and puts Sidcot students in an extremely strong position to accept places at top universities.

There were a number of standout results, including:

Daisy-Mae Penfold (18) from Hewish, achieved an outstanding set of results with A*s in Business and English and an A in Psychology. Daisy said, “I was very shocked when I saw my results, I was jumping up and down shouting, I did it! All the teachers went above and beyond when it came to supporting me, they were so encouraging and would always give great feedback. I know I wouldn’t have got these grades without them. I am going to be going to Liverpool University and will be studying Psychological Science.”

Zach Townsend (18) was awarded A*s in Maths and Physics, an A in Further Maths and a B in Chemistry. He will be attending the University of York in September to study Physics and Astrophysics. Zach said, I am very happy with my grades. The teachers at Sidcot were really encouraging, they taught me to learn and problem solve independently which really helped me in my exams”

Sarah Carr (19) was awarded three A*s in French, Geography and Psychology in 2021 and takes up her place at Oxford University this year studying Psychology and Behavioural Sciences.

Fiona Williams (18) from Burnham-on-Sea, studied the International Baccalaureate and scored an amazing 41 out of a possible 45, which is among the top percentages of IB students worldwide. She leaves Sidcot to study European Business Studies with Languages at the University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg, Germany from October 2022.

Speaking of her experience, Fiona said, “Growing up with a German mother I have always been internationally-minded and wanted to give myself the option of studying at university in Germany. The IB course offered at Sidcot was an obvious choice for me, as it is a broad and engaging programme that is internationally recognised. Sidcot has helped me massively in working towards my goals and I am absolutely delighted with my results!”

Commenting on the results, Iain Kilpatrick, Headmaster said, “Today’s exam results for A Level and BTEC join the International Baccalaureate results earlier in the year.  They paint a very positive picture of the hard work and determination of our Sixth Form cohort in what has been an unprecedentedly challenging time.  There have been some notably strong performances – particularly BTEC Sport and Business.  However, all our students should feel very pleased with what they have achieved.  These results will be their passport to life beyond school and I am delighted that nearly 94% have secured offers from their preferred choice of university. 

“As a school we have long been focussed on far more than just exam results so it’s especially pleasing to see our students depart to such a diverse range of destinations and courses and I’m very grateful to both staff and parents for the support they provide to ensure our students achieve their aspirations.”

Above all, I am proud that this group of young people although affected by the pandemic, have refused to be defined by it.  They have demonstrated the very best of Sidcot’s values and we hope that they live adventurously and peacefully in the years that lie ahead”


Find out more about the School’s results.